A young girl discovers surfing and love (in that order) during one transitive summer.

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Storyline

Due to an accident while swimming in the sea, Francis meets the surfer Moondoggy. She's fascinated of his sport and starts to hang out with his clique. Although they make fun of her at first, they teach her to surf. Soon she's accepted and given the nickname "Gidget". But it's hard work to become more than a friend to Moondoggy. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Watch out Brigitte...here comes Gidget!

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10 April 1959 (USA)  »

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April entdeckt die Männer  »

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In one scene as Gidget's father and mother are waiting for her to return, her mother says to her dad "Who did you expect, Kim Novak?" Her dad had played 'Howard Bevins' in Picnic (1955) starring 'Kim Novak'. See more »

Goofs

Gidget is told a used surf board costs $25.00. She mentions she only has $4.50 left from her allowance, meaning she only needs $20.50 more. However, when she asks her father for some money, she asks for $21.50 instead of only $20.50. See more »

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Little girl at the beach: [Gidget's friends throw a beach ball at the surfers to get their attention. Moondoggie sends the little girl over to them with the beach ball and a message] The man said for me to take the toy back to the nursery!
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Gidget
Lyrics by Patti Washington
Music by Fred Karger
Sung by The Four Preps over the opening credits and by James Darren (uncredited) on screen
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Harmless Entertainment
5 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay, no one will ever put this movie alongside The Godfather or Citizen Kane in the pantheon of great movies (at least I hope not). And maybe it wasn't even realistic about teen life in 1959. But as entertainment this is sure a lot better than scores of movies (think Waterworld or Ishtar) that believed they were a good way for people to spend a couple hours of their lives. Gidget may not aim high but it hit the exact spot it was aiming for.

With a daughter about to turn 21, I sure wish girls spent their teenage years interacting with boys the way Gidget did. Never worrying about drugs or alcohol, knowing not to let boys take advantage of her. Listening to the Four Preps instead of that damn rap music today.

Sandra Dee does a great job of playing a teenager (which shouldn't have been a stretch for her in 1959 unlike James Darren or the other surfers). She does a great job of acting like she's really on a real surfboard in those rear projection shots. I mean, I'm sure Gidget and Moondoggie could surf a few feet from each other all the while giving meaningful glances at each other. And while Arthur O'Connell does a good job as her father, I've never been able to picture him as anything other than a determined bachelor after his role in Picnic.

So if you have a couple of hours that you just want to veg out on the couch and give your brain a rest, you could do a lot worse than spend it with Gidget. RIP Sandra!


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